Things to do in Gran Canaria

Markets in Gran Canaria

Come together to celebrate the authenticity of Gran Canaria’s markets.

Market culture thrives year-round in Spain, and Gran Canaria is no exception. Thanks to its diverse heritage and rich ecosystems, you’ll find a cornucopia of produce, including fruits in every color of the rainbow and vegetables picked fresh from local soils. You'll also find hand-spun clothes and trinkets unique to the region.

Whether you’re hungry, looking for a souvenir, or wanting to immerse yourself in culture, visiting the local markets is one of the best things to do in Gran Canaria. You'll find flea markets, farmers markets, Sunday markets, large markets, tiny markets, and everything in between.

Some of Gran Canaria's marketplaces are located in grand buildings designed in the twentieth century. Others invite you to browse and barter under the bright yellow sunshine. It’s refreshing to be among the Canarian bustle, where shopping is a community experience.

Surrounded by quaint buildings and friendly folks, you'll feel at one with the world. These are our picks of the top markets in Gran Canaria.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

As the largest city in the Canary Islands, Las Palmas has a lot to offer. It’s possible to go without a jacket for most of the year, which means opportunities to explore every season’s produce at the city’s markets.

You can speak with Canarians and buy from local vendors among the baroque plazas, sandy beaches, and mountain views. Every time we go to Las Palmas, these are the markets we head to first.

1. Mercado Central de Las Palmas

Admire eye-catching fruit and vegetable displays at the lively Mercado Central de Las Palmas. It’s as traditional as they come, with a black and white tiled floor and an endless selection of produce.

Staying in self-catering accommodations? Locals recommend this market as the best place in Las Palmas for grocery shopping. Grab a fresh ground coffee and taste an array of artisan cheeses before picking your favorite.

Buy a selection of fruits and vegetables, just-caught fish, fresh meat, bread, and eggs. Fill up your basket and feel your tummy rumble in anticipation of a mouthwatering meal ahead.

2. Mercado Altavista

Tucked away in the upper city, out of the touristy areas, Mercado Altavista is an indoor market with a Canarian spirit. A visit here is guaranteed to give you an appetite. You can always pick up a cup of churros to munch as you explore the stalls. Or, stop at one of the cafés or restaurants.

You can purchase fish directly from fishmongers who prepare your catch right before your eyes. Are you a seafood lover? Saharan squid, beloved by locals for its delicate texture and subtle flavor, is available here. Of course, there are also fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and herbs.

We never go to a grocery store in Gran Canaria because the goods in its markets are delicious and affordable.

3. Mercado de Vegueta

Searching for culinary gems? Mercado de Vegueta, the oldest market in Las Palmas, has thousands. It’s a dynamic space where locals, merchants, and tourists mingle harmoniously in search of out-of-this-world gastronomy. Set in the elegant old town of Vegueta, it beckons you to come in and taste Gran Canaria for yourself.

Spain is famous for cured meats, and the chorizo and morcilla at this market’s butcher shops are exceptional. Churros, cheese, flowers, exotic fruits, and vegetable sellers vie to catch your attention. A huge selection of fish brings out your adventurous side—how many new things can you try?

On weekend evenings, the market buzzes as a popular nightlife destination. It's incredibly convenient to visit a bar and tapas restaurant in the market once you’re done browsing its bountiful stalls.

San Lorenzo

Next, we venture southeast from Las Palmas to the San Lorenzo Valley. Cool off in one of the area’s natural swimming pools and enjoy the panoramic mountain views.

Planning your visit for July or August? You may get lucky and see the Lágrimas de San Lorenzo. This meteor shower, translated as the "Tears of Saint Lawrence" takes place every year when the Swift-Tuttle comet cruises past.

4. San Lorenzo Farmers’ Market

The San Lorenzo Farmers' Market treats foodies to a gastronomic spectacle every Sunday. Local farmers sell their wares directly, offering extraordinary freshness and impeccable quality.

The standards are exceptionally high, and the prices are impressively low. Tasting is customary at many of the boutique stalls, where you’ll find cheese, fruit, vegetables, honey, and baked goods.

It’s one of the youngest farmers markets on the island, so it's slightly lesser known than the others. Less time in traffic or waiting in line means more time to chat with local farmers and learn fascinating details about the produce and where it comes from.

Puerto Rico

Families flock to Puerto Rico to enjoy its pristine beaches and fun activity parks. Sunshine that never stops means delectable fresh produce is available throughout the year. We always take advantage of every opportunity to visit the Sunday farmers market and find new delicacies to try.

5. Puerto Rico Farmers Market

The Puerto Rico Farmers Market is a celebration of food and culture, happening every other Sunday. Indulge in ruby-red ripe strawberries from Valsequillo, marmalades, honey, wines, papayas, mangoes, and locally made olive oil. Ever tried guarapo? Also known as palm honey, it’s unmissable for anyone with a sweet tooth.

The syrup is native to La Gomera and made from the hearts of palm trees. It tastes like smoked toffee or molasses with the slightest hint of coconut, and it turns pancakes into an otherworldly, local experience. Why not pick up a bottle to bring home as a memento or gift for a food-loving friend or family member?

Santa Brígida

Santa Brígida is an upmarket hill town with cobblestone streets and charming colored stone houses.

This rural paradise is peppered with vineyards and offers an escape from the hubbub of Las Palmas. In addition to the market, you’ll find a stunning neo-Gothic church. It was built over the remains of the island’s first chapel, which was built in 1522 and later destroyed by fire.

Looking for a natural marvel? Head to Caldera de Bandama, an approximately 200-meter deep sunken volcanic crater that developed during the last recorded volcanic activity on Gran Canaria. Don’t worry—that was more than 2,000 years ago.

6. Santa Brígida Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, locals and tourists gather at Santa Brígida Market. It’s a mini-festival of cuisine and crafts, with a playground for kids in the center. Taste bold, local wines from the Monte region and sample the island’s tempting sweets.

Traditional Canarian desserts include torta de miel—or honey cake—and quesadillas, but not as you know them. Quesadilla herreñas originate in El Hierro, and you can find them in Santa Brígida’s market. They’re indulgent little cheesecakes with a dense yet pillowy texture.

Maspalomas and San Fernando Area

Escape to Maspalomas’s sandy dunes. The area has a lagoon and a lighthouse, which provides shelter from the wind. It's the type of place you go to melt your troubles away underneath the sun’s glow.

Kids can play in the sea, and you can grab a refreshment from one of the beachfront bars. If you’re in the area, be sure to check out the market on Wednesdays and Sundays.

7. Maspalomas Market

Located in Europa Park, Maspalomas Market is one of Gran Canaria’s most diverse markets. If you’re a maestro of haggling, it’s a top spot for a bargain.

Browse a wide variety of fresh produce, clothes, accessories, beachwear, toys, jewelry, and local crafts. Leave with an exotic piece of fruit to cool you down from the midday sun and a bunch of souvenirs to take home.

Familiar with the unique aloe vera that grows on Gran Canaria? Locals have used it for centuries to treat ailments and make soaps, creams, and beauty products. You’re sure to find a range of these products at Maspalomas Market.

Mogán Area

Mogán boasts a relaxed vibe and glorious natural splendor. In fact, the entire southwest of Gran Canaria is a peaceful oasis of sun, sea, and lush greenery. Before heading to an indoor market or street market, hike through its volcanic landscapes or find a spot for swimming and snorkeling.

8. Mercado del Puerto

Mercado del Puerto rests in Mogán’s picturesque harbor, promising a taste of contemporary Gran Canaria. Housed within an elegantly restored 19th-century iron structure, it still sings with Canarian heritage but has a distinctly modern feel. We love blending traditional artistry with contemporary touches to keep our shows fresh.

Lose yourself in the flavors and aromas wafting through the air. Admire the fresh seafood brought in daily by fishermen. Sample artisan cheese alongside local wines, or save your appetite from one of the market’s eateries. There’s everything from waffles and American cuisine to local dishes and Scandinavian tapas.

9. Playa de Mogán Artisan Market

The Playa de Mogán Artisan Market is a cultural haven behind the beach where local artisans sell foods and crafts. With more than 70 stalls, it offers a true taste of the island’s heritage and talent. Each stallholder is a master of their craft, proud to share their wares with locals and tourists.

There’s handcrafted jewelry, intricately woven textiles, blown glass, and brightly colored ceramics that make perfect gifts. While it’s slightly pricier than other markets, you leave with a piece of Canarian art rather than another souvenir, so we think it’s definitely worth it.

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10. Arguineguín Market

Arguineguín Market is held every Tuesday in this quaint fishing village. Explore a mix of locally made goods and classic market fare, all set against the backdrop of storied buildings and the bustling harbor.

Stalls overflow with fruits and vegetables, spices, herbs, and trinkets reflecting the island’s heritage. After exploring the market, wander through the town's narrow streets, savor a fresh seafood lunch by the harbor, and imagine the vibrant market days of centuries past.

11. Puerto Mogán Market

The picturesque village of Mogán is transformed every Friday, courtesy of the Puerto Mogán Market. This weekly market has everything you can dream of. There’s clothing, accessories, leather goods, and tons of mouth-watering fresh produce.

It’s always teeming with energy and the thrill of scooping a deal. Be sure to arrive early if you want to avoid the crowds. Come Christmastime in Gran Canaria, it’s the perfect spot to peruse for presents and decorations.


Teror is located in the heart of Gran Canaria’s mountainous interior, around 13.5 km from Las Palmas. This historic town exudes a tranquil calm and offers a glimpse of rural life on the Island. Traditional architecture lines the streets, and the Teror market takes place every Sunday.

12. Teror Market

Teror is surrounded by verdant hills, and the Plaza de Sintes comes to life on market day. Teror Market promises an array of special treats, from the chorizo de Teror to tangy local cheeses.

Discover curious handcrafted items and classic souvenirs as you mingle with vacationers and locals seeking bargains and gifts. Admire the historic buildings around you, including the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino. Most of all, relish the joy of having new experiences on vacation.

Discover a Unique Blend of Culture and Cuisine in Gran Canaria’s Markets

Learn stories of Gran Canaria from its bustling and beautiful marketplaces. From sun-kissed fruits and vegetables to handcrafted treasures, there’s something to discover at every stall. Looking for something to do in the evening after visiting a market?

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